Facebook’s creepy Facial Recognition and how to stop it

By on June 9, 2011
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Facebook invading your privacy once again.

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Facebook recently launched their new Face Recognition function that allows users the ability to automatically tag photos of their friends when Facebook recognizes them. It’s an admittedly easy way to tag friends when uploading photos because you can upload multiple pictures and tag your individual friends all in one go instead of selecting every photo and tagging friends one by one.

What you might also want to consider is that Facebook is now capable of recognizing your face from the multiple pictures you were, and will be tagged in (sometimes even inadvertently) by your friends. It won’t be long before a search of your name will lead to multiple photos of yourself along with your personal info online for everyone to see. As usual, this setting, which many consider an invasion of privacy, has been enabled on your account by default. Obviously there are a lot fo countries that are also not taking this issue lightly, which is why authorities from the UK, Ireland and the EU data protection regulators are looking into this for any breach of privacy law violations as reported by Bloomberg Businessweek.

We should have been more clear with people during the roll-out process when this became available to them,” Facebook said in its statement to Information Week yesterday. “Tag Suggestions are now available in most countries and we’ll post further updates to our blog over time.

If you don’t want to wait for these “suggestions” from Facebook directly, you can (and should) manually disable this feature by going to Account > Privacy Settings > Customise Settings > Things Others Share and disabling “Suggest photos of me to friends.”


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